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The 2022 CNS Honors Thesis Symposium will take place on Thursday April 28th, virtually, and Friday, April 29th in the William C. Powers, Jr. Building. 

This year, over 80 students will present their research in 28 moderated panels.

APRIL 28 SESSION 1 • 9:00–9:55

EMERGING MEDIA AND THEIR EFFECTS • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97462481147

Moderator: Gray Garmon, School of Design and Creative Technologies

Ryan Hazelwood | A Novel Approach to Computer Generated Art

Nichole Jeong | The Korean Wave: Pop Culture Evolution and Transnational Identity in the Digital Era

Adrian Luong | Technosocial Development: The Social Implications of Parental Device Use

FOSTERING INCLUSIVITY IN EDUCATION • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97462481147

Moderator: Shelly Rodriguez, UTeach Natural Sciences

Juan Garcia | Analyzing Factors that Contribute to Low-Income Hispanic Student Underachievement in Houston

Nisha Saif | Addressing Mental Health and Achievement Gaps in Higher Education Through Inclusive Teaching Practices

Suhaib Shah | Omission of Historical Innovation by US Minority Populations in US Curricula: A Study of the Exclusion of Ibn Sina's Medical Advancements in AP Curricula

GENETICS AND DISEASE • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97462481147

Moderator: Lesli Bordas, Department of Chemistry

Audrey Bahr | In-host Adaptation of Emerging Pathogen Mycobacterium abscessus

Vanessa Heredia | The Epigenetics of Depression

John Moore | T Cell Receptor Expression Variation Between Pediatric and Geriatric Individuals with Mild to Severe COVID-19

APRIL 28 SESSION 2 • 10:00–10:55

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH• https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94136120857

Moderator: Rene Dailey, Department of Communication Studies

Sofia Pedroza | The Physiological Effects of Acculturative Stress on U.S. Latinx Adults and Related Mental Health Outcomes

Raul Lopez | A Culturally Adapted Intervention for Latino Immigrant Parents of Adolescents: The Need to Overtly Address Culture, Discrimination, Drug Usage and Abuse in Evidence Based Practices

Cecilia Arguelles | Disparities in Maternal Mortality: Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Alleviate Health Inequality

EDUCATION: BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94136120857

Moderator: Fatima Varner, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

Christine Ejiofor | Beyond the Classroom: How Do Disparities in School Punishments Influence Interactions with the Carceral System for Black Girls in the U.S.?

Melise Eyman | An Exploration of Mental Health Interventions: How to Improve School-Based Mental Health Resources for Black Adolescents

Jonathan Yang | The Utilization and Effectiveness of Virtual Reality in Remote Classrooms

Katelyn Colston | Education NGOs in Kenya

APRIL 28 SESSION 3 • 11:00–11:55

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS• https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91540392911

Moderator: Rachel Gonzalez-Martin, Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies

Olivia Barboza | Youth Exposure to Violence: Breaking the Cycle

Richa John | Gender Paradox in Kerala, India

Grace Xiong | Asian American Stereotypes in the Media and their Effects in Politics

WOMEN, GENDER, AND SOCIETY • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91540392911

Moderator: Alex Huk, Department of Neuroscience

Emma Dalley Bartram | The Mental Health Implications of Gender Roles in the LDS Church

Jasmine Choi | The External Effects of Restrictive Abortion Policies on Women of Color and Women of Low Socioeconomic Status in Texas

Tien Nguyen | Supporting a Pandemic Pregnancy: A Qualitive Exploration of the Role of Birth Doulas in Reproductive Justice During COVID-19

UNDERSTANDING OUR UNIVERSE• https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91540392911

Moderator: David Hillis, Department of Integrative Biology

Mohammadali Ghaznavi| Discovering Ancient Black Holes with the JWST

Delaney White | Identifying Overdensities of Galaxies at High Redshift

Catherine Li | Infinitely Divisible Multivariate Distributions

APRIL 28 SESSION 4 • 12:00–12:55

RESPONDING TO COVID-19 • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98198983319

Moderator: Becky Kester, Department of Integrative Biology

Julia Zheng | Impact of Health Factor Ranking on COVID-19 Health Outcomes

Varun Elete | COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in African Americans

Dante Porras | COVID-19 as a Regulatory Trigger for Expanded APRN Authority in Texas

APRIL 28 SESSION 5 • 1:00–1:55

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND HEALTHCARE • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94114026672

Moderator: Craig Hurwitz, Department of Pediatrics

Brian Chavez | Importance of Incorporating Technology into Concussion-Based Legislation to Protect High School Football Players

Rhea Gogia | CRISPR: Reproductive Choice or Turning Point?

Jack Hurley | New Healthcare Documentation Technologies and their Effect on Billing Through Fee-for-Service Insurance Plans

INTERACTING WITH THE WORLD AROUND US: BRAIN AND BODY •

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94114026672

Moderator: Michael Drew, Department of Neuroscience

Trevor Nguyen | Recording from Marmoset Visual Cortex with High-Density Probes

Priya Sarlashkar | Investigating the Relationship between Emojis and Brain Activation During Language Processing

Noor Shenaq | Effect of Different Treatments on Peri-implantitis

APRIL 28 SESSION 6 • 2:00–2:55

ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93370022968

Moderator: Amy Simmons, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music

Iris Kim | Addressing Communication Barriers in Accessing Healthcare Experienced by Homeless Populations and Their Providers

Samuel Ma | Barriers to Liver Disease Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

Sophie van Dijke | Preventing Transgender Homelessness: A Proposed Counseling Intervention for Families of Transgender Youth in the U.S. South

APRIL 28 SESSION 7 • 3:00–3:55

BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/95238875258

Moderator: Sonia Gonzalez, Department of Public Health

Natalie Lim | Mapping the Ties Between the Built Environment and Social Capital

Sophia Zabul | Urban Development as a Commitment

Ninette Siby | Implementing a Hybrid Adult Day Center in Austin, Texas

APRIL 28 SESSION 8 • 4:00–4:55

NEW APPROACHES TO RARE DISEASES • https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98770930558

Moderator: Madison Searle, CNS Honors Center

Tuesday Haynes| Glioma, Race, & Atopy: A Meditation Model

Michael Zuazua | Patient Preferences and Withdrawal Factors in a Randomized Diet Trial for Patients with Crohn's Disease

Shyamal Waghwala | Health-care Transition for Type 1 Diabetics: A Systematic Review and Proposal of the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Services

APRIL 29 SESSION 1 • 9:00–9:55

CURRENT POLITICS • WCP 3.112

Moderator: David Laude, Department of Chemistry

Arya Bhakare| Vilifying Vaccines: Media Misinformation, Politics, and Texas

Eduardo Levi | Presidential Responses to Pandemics: A Comparative Analysis of HIV/AIDS Under Ronald Reagan and COVID- 19 Under Donald Trump

Tien Vo | The Social Implications of Political Division in the United States

CULTURE AND HEALTH • WCP 3.116

Moderator: Rosa Schnyer, School of Nursing

Sophie Liu | Cultural Mentalities and Materia Medica: The Science of Medicine in the Ancient Greek and Chinese World

Sean Daly | Haredi Judaism & COVID-19: A View on Religion and Health from Israel

Drew Fowler | A Culturally Conscious Approach to Using Music Therapy to Treat Immigration-Induced PTSD on the U.S.- Mexico Border

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR DEPRESSION RESEARCH • WCP 3.106

Moderator: Christopher Beevers, Department of Psychology

John Henry Cruz | Quantifying the Language of Depression: Implications for Psychotherapy

Abby Rex | Generational Differences in Digital Communication, Loneliness, and Depression

Kendall Dunn | Dietary Fiber Intake and Depression in U.S. Adolescents

APRIL 29 SESSION 2 • 10:00–10:55

CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS • WCP 3.112

Moderator: Kenneth Young, Department of Geography and the Environment

Mark DeGraff | Social Sciences and Ecological Modeling in Conversation

Caroline Cummings | Understanding the Emergence of Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and Preventing Pandemics

GEOGRAPHICAL CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE • WCP 3.116

Moderator: Greg Sitz, Department of Physics

Yash Desai | The Petrochemical Problem: Factors Driving the Existence of Cancer Alley, Louisiana

Azelia Lau | Environmental Injustice Shouldered by the Marginalized: How Telemedicine Can Bridge the Gap

Rohan Shah | The Role of Telehealth in Rural Substance Abuse Treatment

APRIL 29 SESSION 3 • 11:00–11:55

EMERGING ISSUES IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY • WCP 3.112

Moderator: Kasey Claborn, School of Social Work

Yossef Alsabawi | Countering Medical Misinformation

Sathwik Iyer | Studying the Role of Pharmaceutical Companies in the Opioid Crisis

Doru Gucer | More and More with Less and Less: Moral Injuries in the Intensive Care Unit

MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH • WCP 3.116

Moderator: Mark Hemenway, CNS Honors Center

Sophia Laird | The Effects of Instagram on the Development of Eating Disorders in Young Women

Ray Selinidis | From the Sopranos to Mad Men to Bojack Horseman: How Addiction, Toxic Masculinity, and Serialization Have Affected Portrayals of Depression

Michelle Yamada | Media and Mental Health: Its Unconscious Influence

APRIL 29 KEYNOTE SPEAKER • 12:00–12:55

DR. PATRICK BYRNE • WCP LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ROOM

VACCINE ANTIGEN DESIGN: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

APRIL 29 SESSION 4 • 1:00–1:55

CULTURE AND COMMUNITY IN HEALTHCARE • WCP 3.112

Moderator: Marilyn Felkner, Department of Public Health

Avery Arsenault | Community-Based Participatory Research in eHealth Interventions to Target Cardiovascular Disease

Sara Mansoorshahi | Analyzing the Impacts of Youth Participation in HIV Research

Hana Dole | Individualism vs. Collectivism and COVID-19 Response in the Netherlands and Chile

LANGUAGE PROCESSING/PROCESSING LANGUAGE • WCP 3.116

Moderator: Fernando Llanos, Department of Linguistics

Niyenth Iyengar | Language Learning, Frequency, and Being a 'Language Person'

Matthew Mun | Linguistic Properties (and Inequalities) in Chemical Nomenclature

Joshua Lattao | The Effects of Racial and Language Discrimination on Asian American Adolescents' Health

SYNTHESIZING NEW MATERIALS • WCP 3.106

Moderator: Mark Hemenway, CNS Honors Center

Sara Irvine | High Pressure Synthesis of Rare Earth Nickel Oxides

Teddy Hsieh | Enhancing Optical Nonlinearities Through Quantum Engineering of Semiconductor Materials

Rithvik Ramesh | Enhancing Second-Order Optical Nonlinearity Through the Bandgap Engineering of Asymmetric Coupled Quantum Wells

APRIL 29 SESSION 5 • 2:00–2:55

COMPLEMENTARY APPROACHES TO HEALTHCARE • WCP 3.106

Moderator: Keryn Pasch, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Haroon Dossani | The Intersection of Complementary and Conventional Medicine in Cancer Care

Emily Samson | Using Mindfulness to Treat Chronic Pain in America

Jamil Okada | Integrating Mind and Body: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Rehabilitation for Female Athletes Post-ACL Reconstructive Surgery

CARING FOR KIDS • WCP 3.112

Moderator: Laura Colgin, Department of Neuroscience

Yukta Sunkara | Fostering Self-Efficacy in Young Children with Autism Through Early Childhood Education

Prachi Shah | Language Concordance in Pediatric Epilepsy Care: Overview & Preliminary Results

Christina Howell | Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Pediatric Medicine

APRIL 29 SESSION 6• 3:00–3:55

IMPROVING PATIENT-PHYSICIAN COMMUNICATION• WCP 3.112

Moderator: Tepera Holman, College of Natural Sciences Diversity and Student Programs

Sienna Wu | Misconceptions About Clinical Empathy

Rohan Patil | Analyzing Intervention Programs in Healthcare Settings to Decrease Stigma Against Populations Suffering from Substance Use Disorder

Faiza Sarwar | Clinician Communication Strategies to Navigate Differences of Opinion with Patients

MANIPULATING MOLECULES • WCP 3.106

Moderator: Arturo De Lozanne, Molecular Biosciences

Aidan Comiskey | Optimizing a Reversible Crosslinking System for Dynamic Polymer Gels

Ronak Desai | Production of Novel Polyketides by Combinatorial Engineering of Modular Polyketide Synthases

Tanvi Ingle | A Model of Bacteriophage ΦX174 Gene Expression and Fitness